One week ago, Babatunde Gbadamosi aka BOG was invited by the Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria’s secret police for questioning. He has been detained ever since.
Sources close to him claimed on social media that he has not been allowed access to his wife, lawyers or any visitors. Gbadamosi has been a strident critic of absentee President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) especially via Facebook posts and as a guest on TV programmes. He ran unsuccessfully for nomination as governor of Lagos State in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in 2014.
While no reason has been provided by the DSS for his arrest, it is suspected that the video below that he posted on Facebook about fraudulent dealings in foreign currency at the Central Bank may be behind his situation.
There are unconfirmed reports that he has been accused of “blackmailing the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Government”.
It is a shame that a Nigerian could have his fundamental human rights violated in this way at a time that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was a professor of law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is in charge of the country in Buhari’s absence on medical grounds.